By David Smith 
  Updated:August 25, 2023

Choosing the right e-bike for your needs can be a bit tricky. There are lot of options available on the market and also a lot of factors to consider. Two popular options from Rad Power Bikes are the RadWagon 4 and the RadRunner 3 Plus. Both bikes offer unique features and benefits, so it's important to compare them to determine which one is the best fit for your needs.

The RadWagon 4 is a versatile cargo bike that can carry up to 350 pounds. It features a sturdy frame, powerful motor, and long-range battery, making it ideal for hauling groceries, kids, or other cargo. The bike also has a range of accessories available, such as a passenger seat and cargo bags, allowing you to customize it to your specific needs.

On the other hand, the RadRunner 3 Plus is a lighter and more compact option that's perfect for commuting or running errands around town. It has a step-through frame for easy mounting and dismounting, as well as a powerful motor and long-lasting battery. The bike also comes with a range of accessories, such as a rear rack and fenders, to make your ride more comfortable and convenient.

RadWagon 4

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph
RadRunner 3 Plus

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph

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Appearance & Design

RadWagon 4 eBike

RadWagon 4: Appearance

RadRunner 3 Plus eBike

RadRunner 3 Plus: Appearance

The RadWagon 4 is a full-sized cargo bike that can carry up to two children or snap-in child seats. It features a sturdy aluminum frame, an adjustable seat and handlebars, and a large cargo rack. The bike is available in three colors: black, orange, and white.

On the other hand, the RadRunner 3 Plus is a versatile electric utility bike that comes fully-loaded with an all-new collection of upgrades and accessories. It features an adjustable seat and handlebars, and a large cargo rack. The bike is available in two colors: black and green.

Both bikes have a sleek and modern design that makes them stand out from other eBikes on the market. We appreciate the attention to detail that Rad Power Bikes has put into the design of these bikes, from the color schemes to the placement of the accessories.

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Overall, we think that the RadWagon 4 and the RadRunner 3 Plus are both great options for those looking for a high-quality eBike with a stylish design.

Display and Controls

RadWagon 4 Display

RadWagon 4: Display

RadRunner 3 Plus Display

RadRunner 3 Plus: Display

Display and controls are essential components that can make or break user experience. Fortunately, both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus have impressive displays and intuitive controls that make riding a breeze.

The RadWagon 4 features a backlit LCD display that shows speed, distance, battery level, and assist level. The assist level can be adjusted using the controls on the left handlebar, while the right handlebar houses the half-twist throttle. The display is easy to read and provides all the necessary information at a glance.

The RadRunner 3 Plus also comes with a dual screen control system that includes a color LCD display and a remote button pad. The display shows the same information as the RadWagon 4, but in a more visually appealing format. The remote button pad allows riders to easily switch between assist levels and turn on the lights without taking their hands off the handlebars.

In terms of controls, both e-bikes have similar layouts. The RadWagon 4 has a half-twist throttle on the right handlebar, while the RadRunner 3 Plus also comes with a half-twist throttle. Both e-bikes have pedal-assist sensors that provide a smooth and responsive ride, and the brakes on the RadRunner 3 are hydraulic while those on the RadWagon 4 are mechanical.

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Overall, we found that the display and controls on both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus are well-designed and easy to use. While the RadRunner 3 Plus has a more advanced display and braking system, both e-bikes provide a comfortable and intuitive riding experience.

Weight and Weight Limits

One of the most important considerations when choosing between the RadWagon 4 and the RadRunner 3 Plus is weight and weight limits. These eBikes are designed to carry different loads, and understanding their weight limits can help you make an informed decision.

The RadWagon 4 is a cargo eBike designed to carry heavy loads. It has a total weight capacity of 350 pounds (158 kg), which includes the weight of the rider, cargo, and accessories. This weight limit is the same as the RadRunner 3 Plus, which also has a total weight capacity of 350 pounds (158 kg), including the weight of the rider, cargo, and accessories.

It is important to note that the weight limit of an eBike is not just about how much weight it can carry, but also about how well it can handle that weight. Carrying too much weight can affect the balance and stability of the eBike, making it difficult to ride and potentially dangerous.

If you are planning to carry heavy loads, the RadWagon 4 may be the better choice for you. However, if you are looking for a more compact eBike that is easier to maneuver, the RadRunner 3 Plus may be a better option.

When it comes to rider weight, both eBikes can accommodate riders up to 275 pounds (125 kg), which means that they are suitable for most riders. However, if you are significantly heavier than this, you may want to consider a different eBike that can accommodate your weight.

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In summary, the RadWagon 4 and the RadRunner 3 Plus have dthe same weight limits, and choosing the right eBike for you depends on your needs and intended use. If you plan to carry heavy loads, the RadWagon 4 may be the better choice (since it's practically designed for that purpose), while the RadRunner 3 Plus may be a better option if you are looking for a more compact eBike.

Motor & Power

RadWagon 4 Motor

RadWagon 4: Motor

RadRunner 3 Plus Motor

RadRunner 3 Plus: Motor

In this section, we will compare the RadWagon 4 eBike and the RadRunner 3 Plus in terms of their motor and power.

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The RadWagon 4 eBike is equipped with a 750W geared hub motor, which is capable of delivering up to 80Nm of torque. This powerful motor provides excellent acceleration and can effortlessly climb steep hills.

Additionally, the RadWagon 4 eBike has a top speed of 20mph in both throttle and pedal-assist mode making it a great option for commuting and leisure riding.

On the other hand, the RadRunner 3 Plus features a 750W geared hub motor as well, but with a slightly lower torque output of 60Nm. Despite the lower torque, the RadRunner 3 Plus still provides ample power for most riders and can reach a top speed of 20mph in both throttle and pedal-assist mode.

Both bikes feature a 48V lithium-ion battery that provides long-lasting power and can be charged in just a few hours. They also both have the same 14 Ah capacity promising about 45 miles of range on a single full charge.

In terms of power delivery, both bikes feature a pedal-assist system with five levels of assistance that can be adjusted to suit the rider's preference. The RadWagon 4 eBike also has a throttle mode that allows the rider to control the bike's speed without pedaling, same as the RadRunner 3 Plus.

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Overall, both bikes have powerful motors and long-lasting batteries that provide excellent performance and range. The RadWagon 4 eBike has a slight edge in terms of torque and top speed, while the RadRunner 3 Plus offers a more compact and versatile design.

Battery Capacity and Range

RadWagon 4 Battery

RadWagon 4: Battery

RadRunner 3 Plus Battery

RadRunner 3 Plus: Battery

Battery capacity and range are crucial factors to consider when purchasing an electric bike. In this section, we will compare the battery capacity and range of RadWagon 4 eBike and RadRunner 3 Plus.

RadWagon 4 eBike

The RadWagon 4 eBike comes with a 672Wh (48V 14 Ah) battery, which is a significant upgrade from its predecessor, the RadWagon 3. This battery can provide a range of up to 45 miles on a single charge, depending on the rider's weight, terrain, and riding style. The battery is removable, making it easy to charge indoors or swap with a spare battery for extended range.

RadRunner 3 Plus

The RadRunner 3 Plus comes with a 48V, 14 Ah Lithium-Ion battery, which has the same specifications as the RadWagon 4 eBike's battery. However, the RadRunner 3 Plus is a smaller and relatively lighter bike, which means it requires less power to operate. The battery can provide a range of up to 45 miles on a single charge, depending on the rider's weight, terrain, and riding style. The battery is also removable, making it easy to charge indoors or swap with a spare battery for extended range.

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In terms of battery capacity and range, both bikes are evenly matched. Their batteries have the same specifications and they can both provide a range of 45 miles when fully charged.

Ride Quality & Handling

The RadWagon 4's larger wheels and longer wheelbase provide a more stable ride, especially when carrying heavy loads. The bike's low center of gravity also helps with balance and maneuverability. The upright riding position and swept-back handlebars make it easy to maintain good posture and control. We found that the RadWagon 4 handles well on both flat and hilly terrain.

The RadRunner 3 Plus, on the other hand, has smaller wheels and a shorter wheelbase, which can make the ride feel a bit less stable, especially when carrying heavier loads. However, the bike's compact size and tight turning radius make it easier to navigate through tight spaces and crowded streets. The step-thru frame design also makes it easy to mount and dismount the bike. We found that the RadRunner 3 Plus handles well on flat terrain but may struggle a bit more on steep hills.

Both bikes have powerful motors and responsive brakes, which make stopping and starting a breeze. The RadRunner 3 Plus's hydraulic disc brakes offer more stopping power than the RadWagon 4's mechanical disc brakes, but both are effective and reliable.

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Overall, both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus offer a comfortable and enjoyable riding experience, with each bike having its own strengths and weaknesses. The choice between the two will ultimately depend on your individual preferences and needs.

Brakes

RadWagon 4 Brakes

RadWagon 4: Brakes

RadRunner 3 Plus Brakes

RadRunner 3 Plus: Brakes

The RadRunner 3 Plus has hydraulic disc brakes, which offer more precise control and require less effort to engage than mechanical disc brakes. The RadWagon 4, on the other hand, has mechanical disc brakes, which are still effective but may require a bit more effort to engage.

We found that the hydraulic disc brakes on the RadRunner 3 Plus provided excellent stopping power, even when carrying heavier loads. The brake levers were easy to engage and provided good feedback, making it easy to modulate braking force. We also appreciated the fact that the brake pads were easy to replace when they wore down.

The mechanical disc brakes on the RadWagon 4 also provided good stopping power, but we did notice that they required a bit more effort to engage than the hydraulic disc brakes on the RadRunner 3 Plus. However, they were still more than adequate for most riding situations. One advantage of mechanical disc brakes is that they are generally easier and less expensive to maintain than hydraulic disc brakes.

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Overall, both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus have reliable and effective braking systems. If you prioritize precise control and ease of use, the hydraulic disc brakes on the RadRunner 3 Plus may be the better choice. If you prefer a simpler and more affordable option, the mechanical disc brakes on the RadWagon 4 will still get the job done.

Suspension, Wheels & Tires

RadWagon 4 Tires

RadWagon 4: Tires

RadRunner 3 Plus Tires

RadRunner 3 Plus: Tires

The RadRunner 3 Plus has a suspension fork, which helps to absorb shocks and vibrations from rough terrain. This makes for a smoother ride, especially when carrying heavier loads. On the other hand, the RadWagon 4 does not have a suspension fork, so riders may feel more bumps and vibrations when riding over uneven surfaces.

The RadWagon 4 has 22" x 3" tires, which provide excellent stability and traction. On the other hand, the Radrunner 3 Plus has slightly smaller diameter tires; 20" and slightly wider tires; 3.3".

RadWagon 4

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph
RadRunner 3 Plus

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph

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Pedal Assist & Throttles

One of the most significant differences between models is the type of motor assistance they offer. The RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus both offer both pedal assist and throttle options, but there are some differences worth noting.

Pedal assist is the most common type of motor assistance found on eBikes, and it's what you'll find on both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus. As the name suggests, pedal assist provides assistance to the rider when they're pedaling. The motor kicks in when the rider starts pedaling and provides varying levels of assistance depending on the level selected. The RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus both offer five levels of pedal assist, allowing riders to choose the level of assistance that suits their needs.

Throttles are another type of motor assistance found on eBikes, and they're available on both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus. Throttles allow riders to control the motor without pedaling. This can be useful in situations where the rider needs a quick burst of speed or needs to navigate a tricky section of road. Both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus offer a half-twist throttle, which allows riders to control the motor with ease.

In our experience, we found that both pedal assist and throttle options on the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus work well. We appreciated having the option of both types of motor assistance, as it allowed us to choose the type of assistance that best suited our needs. We found that the pedal assist was particularly useful for longer rides, while the throttle was great for navigating tricky sections of road or for a quick burst of speed.

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Overall, we think that the combination of pedal assist and throttle options on the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus make these eBikes versatile and suitable for a wide range of riders.

Accessories

RadWagon 4 Rear Rack

RadWagon 4: Rear Rack

RadRunner 3 Plus Rear Rack

RadRunner 3 Plus: Rear Rack

The RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus both come with a wide range of accessories to help you get the most out of your ride.

The RadWagon 4 comes with a few standard accessories, including a front and rear light, a kickstand, and front and rear fenders. However, there are many other accessories available for purchase to customize your ride. Some of the most popular accessories include:

  • RadWagon Running Boards: These running boards provide a wider platform for passengers to stand on. They also come with a set of foot pegs for added stability.
  • RadWagon Panniers: These waterproof bags are perfect for carrying groceries, camping gear, or anything else you need on your ride. They attach to the sides of the rear rack and can hold up to 80 pounds.
  • RadWagon Child Seat: This seat is designed to fit on the rear rack of the RadWagon 4. It can hold up to 50 pounds and comes with adjustable footrests and a safety harness.

The RadRunner 3 Plus also comes with a few standard accessories, including a front and rear light, a kickstand, and a bell. However, like the RadWagon 4, there are many other accessories available for purchase. Some of the most popular accessories include:

  • RadRunner Passenger Package: This package includes a padded seat, foot pegs, and a set of handlebars for a passenger. It's perfect for taking a friend or family member along for the ride.
  • RadRunner Center Console: This console attaches to the handlebars and provides a convenient spot to store your phone, keys, or other small items.
  • RadRunner Panniers: These waterproof bags attach to the sides of the rear rack and can hold up to 80 pounds. They're perfect for carrying groceries, camping gear, or anything else you need on your ride.
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Overall, both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus come with a great selection of accessories. Whether you need to carry cargo, passengers, or just want to customize your ride, there's an accessory available to meet your needs.

Portability

The Radrunner 3 Plus boasts a slightly lighter weight, tipping the scales at 75.5 pounds, compared to the RadWagon 4's weight of 76.7 pounds. This slight difference in weight can make the Radrunner 3 Plus slightly easier to maneuver and handle.

Additionally, dimensions play a role in portability. The RadWagon 4 measures 78.7 inches in length with a handlebar height of 47.2 inches and a handlebar length of 27.5 inches. In contrast, the Radrunner 3 Plus presents a more compact profile with a length of 72.5 inches and a handlebar height of 45.3 inches. While both bikes have a similar handlebar length of 27.9 inches, the Radrunner 3 Plus's reduced length and handlebar height might make it more convenient to navigate through tight spaces or store in compact areas.

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Considering both weight and dimensions, the Radrunner 3 Plus holds a slight advantage in terms of portability due to its lighter weight and more compact design. However, the RadWagon 4's features might still cater to those who prioritize a larger cargo capacity and a more spacious riding experience. It ultimately depends on your preference and intended usage when determining which bike aligns better with your portability needs.

Water Resistance

Both the RadWagon 4 and RadWagon 3 Plus, designed by the reputable manufacturer Rad Power Bikes, offer a level of water resistance that allows for riding under light rainy conditions.

While the manufacturer doesn't provide a specific water resistance rating, they emphasize that the bikes are well-sealed to withstand mild moisture exposure. However, it's important to note that these bikes should not be ridden in heavy rain or submerged in water.

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This cautionary approach suggests that the bikes are well-suited for urban environments and occasional damp weather, ensuring reliability without compromising their performance.

Value for the Money

When it comes to choosing between the RadWagon 4 and the RadRunner 3 Plus, one of the most important factors to consider is the value for the money. Both bikes are priced differently, and it's important to determine which one provides the most bang for your buck.

The RadWagon 4 is priced at $1,599, while the RadRunner 3 Plus is priced at $2,299. While the RadRunner 3 Plus is more expensive, it does come with some additional features that may make it worth the extra cost.

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One of the biggest differences between the two bikes is the brakes. The RadWagon 4 comes with mechanical disc brakes, while the RadRunner 3 Plus comes with hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulic brakes provide more stopping power and require less maintenance, which can save you money in the long run.

Another difference is that the Radrunner 3 Plus comes with suspension forks while the RadWagon 4 comes with rigid forks. This will give the Radrunner 3 Plus an advantage over the RadWagon 4 when it comes to riding in off-road conditions.

However, it's important to note that the RadWagon 4 does come with some additional accessories that can add value. For example, it comes with a large cargo rack, a wooden deck, and skirt guards which can be useful if you plan on using the bike for hauling cargo or transporting passengers.

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Overall, both bikes offer good value for the money, but it ultimately comes down to your specific needs and preferences. If you value stopping power and longer range, the RadRunner 3 Plus may be worth the extra cost. If you value cargo capacity and passenger transport, the RadWagon 4 may be the better choice.

Pros vs Cons RadWagon 4 & RadRunner 3 Plus

Here's a breakdown of the pros and cons of both electric bikes:

Pros of RadWagon 4

  • Great value for an electric cargo bike.
  • LCD screen is easy to read and displays useful information.
  • Durable steel kickstand can hold a lot of weight.
  • Long 45 mile range is sufficient for this category of bike.
  • Comfortable and adjustable saddle for different riders.
  • Comes with useful accessories like fenders and a rear rack.

Cons of RadWagon 4

  • Heavy at 76.7 lbs, making it difficult to maneuver and transport.
  • Only one frame size available, which may not fit all riders comfortably.
  • No front suspension, which can make for a bumpier ride on rough terrain.

Pros of RadRunner 3 Plus

  • Powerful 750W motor and 672Wh battery for great performance.
  • Gentle acceleration and 7-speed transmission for smooth riding.
  • 5 levels of pedal assist and walk mode for added convenience.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes for reliable stopping power.
  • Heavy-duty frame can support up to 350 lbs.
  • Dual LCD consoles and front/rear lights for improved visibility.
  • Comes with useful accessories like fenders and a large rear rack.

Cons of RadRunner 3 Plus

  • Fat tires may not be suitable for all riders or terrain.
  • Shorter range of around 45 miles may not be enough for some riders.
  • Heavy at 75.5 lbs, making it difficult to maneuver and transport.

Overall, both the RadWagon 4 eBike and the RadRunner 3 Plus have their pros and cons, and it really comes down to what you're looking for in an electric bike. If you need a cargo bike with a long range and durable kickstand, the RadWagon 4 may be the better choice. But if you want a powerful utility bike with a comfortable ride and plenty of accessories, the RadRunner 3 Plus is a great option.

Specifications and Features Table

RadWagon 4

RadWagon 4

RadRunner 3 Plus

RadRunner 3 Plus

To help you compare the RadWagon 4 eBike and the RadRunner 3 Plus, we've put together a table of their key specifications and features.

Specification/Feature

RadWagon 4

RadRunner 3 Plus

Motor

750W geared hub motor

750W geared hub motor

Battery

48V 14 Ah (672 Wh)

48V 14 Ah (672 Wh)

Range

Up to 45 miles per charge

Up to 45 miles per charge

Top Speed

20 mph

20 mph

Frame Material

6061 aluminum

Aluminum

Wheel Size

22 inches

20 inches

Brakes

Tektro Aries mechanical disc brakes

Tektro Hydraulic HD-E350 disc brakes

Suspension

Rigid steel fork

RST spring fork

Cargo Capacity

350 lbs

350 lbs

Weight

76.7 lbs

75.5 lbs

Price

$1,599

$2,299

Both the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus come with a powerful 750W geared hub motor and a 48V 14 Ah (672 Wh) battery that provides up to 45 miles of range per charge. They also have the same top speed of 20 mph.

However, there are some differences between the two bikes. The RadWagon 4 has larger 22-inch wheels, which can make it more stable and easier to ride over bumps and uneven terrain.

On the other hand, the RadRunner 3 Plus is slightly lighter than the RadWagon 4 at 75.5 lbs, making it easier to maneuver and transport. It also has better components, including a suspension fork, which can make for a smoother ride.

Overall, both bikes are great options for anyone looking for a reliable and powerful eBike that can handle a variety of tasks and terrain. It ultimately comes down to your specific needs and preferences, so be sure to consider all of the features and specifications before making a decision.

Overall Recommendation Based on Intended Use

After comparing the RadWagon 4 and RadRunner 3 Plus, we have come to a conclusion about which eBike is better suited for different types of riders and uses.

For those who need to carry more cargo or passengers, the RadWagon 4 is the clear winner. With its sturdy frame and large rear rack, it can carry up to 350 pounds and be configured with various aftermarket accessories to suit your needs for commuting, running errands, or even transporting the kids. The RadWagon would also be a great option for those who plan on vacationing with the bike and need to fit more in terms of "luggage" or bags.

On the other hand, the RadRunner 3 Plus is a more manageable and comfortable option for those who need to navigate through tight spaces or have a smaller frame. It has a back seat that is perfect for carrying a passenger or even a pet.

Both eBikes have similar tech specs, including a 750W rear geared hub motor, top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), and a range of 45-72 km (25-45 mi) depending on user input.

In terms of price, the RadWagon 4 is priced at $1,599, while the RadRunner 3 Plus is priced at $2,299. While the RadRunner is more expensive, it does offer a more comfortable and manageable option for those who need it.

Overall, our recommendation would be to choose the eBike that fits your intended use and needs. If you need to carry more cargo or passengers, the RadWagon 4 would be the better option. If you need a more manageable and comfortable option, the RadRunner 3 Plus would be the better option.

RadWagon 4

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph
RadRunner 3 Plus

Overall Rating:

  • Riders Weight Limit350 lbs
  • Motor | 750W Brushless Geared Hub Motor
  • Range | Up to 25-45 Miles per Charge
  • Battery | 48V, 14Ah Lithium-ion Battery
  • Speed | 20 mph

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